Started to read Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Woof, what a name. It is interesting, but I don’t know if I am going to like it. Basically, he is saying that we can control if we are happy or not. Despite having said this before to people, something just strikes me odd about it.

Happiness. Such an elusive goal. Ethan is often unhappy. How can we help him to be happier?

I described to him what being ‘in the zone’ means when you are playing. When you can not miss and everything you do feels just right. Everything is so new to him. It is so funny to have to explain words in the middle of explaining happiness.

What makes you happy? How often do you do it? Could you do it more? Ooops, gotta run. Have a great weekend!

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I heard a sports psychologists who has studies the “zone” and he says it is a physiological response that you can measure and try to maintain. He says your blood flow increases making you body stronger, you eyes absorb images twice as fast so that things seem to be slowing down, you release for adrenaline, etc. So in the future, we’ll probably be able to buy “zone” in a bottle. It’ll be like soma for your body. And who isn’t happy when they are in the zone.

My voice teacher was working on this with his students about 15 years ago, although his approach was by way of NLP.

The bottom line is, you can certainly do things to get yourself into the zone more, but the catch is that being in the zone is an extremely focused state of mind. Hitting a home run or singing a high C are very specific actions wherein you’re blocking out pretty much everything else in order to do one thing perfectly.

Day to day life is diffuse, ever-changing, and unpredictable. It’s very much the opposite of being in the zone.

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